A colleague of mine at Lawrence Group’s office in North Carolina is blogging on >Urbanism and the New Economy: Resources and Ideas for Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century.<

I’m linking it here, but also blogrolling it.

I don’t see a Feedblitz subscription option on the site yet, but it’s new. I suggested it to him today, and hopefully he will add that soon.

If you’re interested at all in sustainability, urban planning, city planning, town planning, architecture, quality of life or any related issues, this promises to be good and informative reading. The current post is titled “How do we re-center our suburbs?”

Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU

The colleague mentioned is Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU. He is managing principal of Lawrence Group’s Carolinas office and professionally affiliated with

o American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), 1999
o Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
o Urban Land Institute
o American Planning Association–New Urbanism Division Executive Committee


Read the whole story > here < and join in the conversation with your comment at the http://online.WSJ.com site, or leave a comment here for your colleagues.

online_mom-300x199I wonder how many people reading this of any age have a Facebook page that they use for professional networking (including job hunting.)  I have an account, but I have not completed any of the information yet.

man_mobile_phoneI plan on doing it soon, and to get the most out of it, I need to tie it in to the other accounts I have, i.e., Twitter, LinkedIn, and these two blogs. So far the blogs, Twitter, and LinkedIn keep me pretty busy.

Share your questions, sucessful practices, comments, etc., here!

Images from nielsen.com via the Web


Composers Datebook

John Zech

John Zech

The link, above, for Composers Datebook is to a podcast from American Public Media to a daily music program about composers of the past and present, hosted by John Zech.*

I subscribe to Composers Datebook by e-mail, and I receive both a recorded and a written version of it each day. It only takes at most a few minutes to enjoy the content of each one.

It occurred to me that especially for readers in China and other countries where English is a second language that this could be of interest beyond the musical pleasure; that is, having a both a written and spoken version is a help in adding to English vocabulary and cultural knowledge of western musical traditions.

So, the spoken version is linked for you, above, and here is a copy and paste of the written version. If you enjoy this post and would like to have more Composers Datebook posts here from time to time, please leave a comment for me to let me know. Also, if you have any questions about the names and other references in this Composers Datebook, below, I’d be delighted to answer them!

Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski

Of Mice and Maestros: Leopold Stokowski

On today’s date in 1882, a child was born in London to a Polish father and Irish mother—a baby christened Leopold Boleslawowicz Stanislaw Antoni Stokowski.

In 1882, Brahms completed his Second Piano Concerto and Wagner introduced his last opera, “Parsifal”; Gustav Mahler was a promising opera conductor aged 22; Richard Strauss was a young man of 18; Arnold Schoenberg a lad of seven; and Igor Stravinsky still a few months away from being born!

Leopold Stokowski would grow up to become a famous conductor of all those composers’ works. For 25 years, Stokowski led the Philadelphia Orchestra in an astonishing variety of music, ranging from his own dramatic symphonic arrangements of works by J.S. Bach to cutting-edge, avant-garde works of Edgard Varese and dozens of other contemporary composers.

Stokowski cut a glamorous figure on stage and off, hung out with movie stars, and played himself in a 1937 movie, “100 Men and a Girl.” He shook hands with Mickey Mouse in Disney ‘s animated classic Fantasia,” and Bugs Bunny did a devastating Stokowski imitation in a famous Warner Brothers cartoon.

For some, his flamboyance was hard to take, but the list of old and new music Stokowski performed before his death in 1977, at the age of 95, remains as impressive as his recorded legacy, which continues to live on via compact disc reissues.

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*John Zech | Host, Classical Music/Composers Datebook

Minnesota Public Radio


John Zech got started in broadcasting as a news anchor at his high school’s closed-circuit television station (KRUD). At St. Olaf College, his love of classical music earned him his first “real” radio experience at WCAL-FM. After a dozen years doing virtually everything there was to do at a small public radio station, John crossed over into the private sector, doing audio production and narration for a major educational publishing company, managing translation projects for an international communications company, and generally learning what it’s like to work for a living. Having seen the light, John returned to radio in 1992. After deciding his Zen garden was too much of a headache, John looks for enlightenment on the tennis court and the billiard table instead.

© 2009 American Public Media

480 Cedar Street, Saint Paul, MN USA 55101

Image of Leopold Stokowski from LIFE Magazine archives via the Web (Leopold Stokowski conducting the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in rehearsal at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA. Taken in 1947. Photographer: Gijon Mili.)

cnbc-world-logoI just watched a program on CNBC World called “Managing China.” If you are interested in doing business in or with China, this program is a great tutorial on the big picture.

Song Zhenghuan

Song Zhenghuan

goodbaby-logoThe program is a one-on-one interview format. The segment that I watched was between interviewer (Mr.) Luo Zhenyu and (Mr.) Song Zhenghuan, president of > Goodbaby <, a successful international business in China. The program is conducted in “putonghua,” which translates basically as “the common language,” or, as we call it in the western world, “Mandarin,” with subtitles in English.

The interview is more exploratory than expository, and so a lot of seemingly “softball” questions are asked by the interviewer of Mr. Song; however, that strikes me as part of the Chinese cultural way, and there also were questions asked about aspects of Goodbaby’s business model that would seem to be questioning its basis for success. So what I’m saying is that not all question were softballs.

Sage advice for East-West business people.

Sage advice for US business people doing business in China.

If someone in the USA is interested in feeling more comfortable in one-on-one business interactions with their Chinese business counterparts, this program provides a great example of appropriate comportment on the Chinese side. In particular, I think it’s difficult for people from the USA with no direct connection to Asian culture to figure out how to express disagreement in business dealings with the Chinese. This is because one of the things we always hear is that the Chinese “avoid direct disagreement,” and the direct way we handle disagreement in the west would cause our Chinese associates to “lose face.” It leaves us with no explanation of how, then, to handle disagreement.

istock_000004992109xsmallI think this program shows how one might investigate issues, express doubt, or uncertainty and do it with a politeness and humble approach to which we simple are unaccustomed, and which would seem unclear, perhaps too subtle, seen through the cultural lens here.

istock_000000710955xsmallMake no mistake that while a harmonious society is a primary Chinese cultural value, the Chinese are tough negotiators and do not always agree among themselves or across the table. They do, however, maintain a surface appearance of harmony, and one of the ways they would handle disagreement is to have a person who acts as liaison from each of the opposing/collaborating teams. This allows the leaders to lay issues on the table while making the expressions of mutual respect and toasting to each other’s success, while the liaisons deliver information about problematic issues and allow the team leaders to work out the problems indirectly, through their liaisons.

This works whether the problem is a large business issue between company heads or a hotel room that is not up to one’s standards. It’s best, if possible, to have a liaison/functionary on your team handle these issues for you with another person on the other “team” similar in status to him/her.

istock_000006968173xsmall2The program today was an excellent study in direct discussion, though, which would be a step up from and riskier way to go than the liaison route, but shows it can be done. Not an exercise for the inexperienced, I might add.

So, those are my thoughts on the program. It was a wonderful discovery this afternoon, while I was working on my blog. If you also have seen this program, please post your thoughts about it here.

AsiaNet information (in English) about Goodbaby

China Daily story (in English) about Goodbaby

Editor’s note: I was unable to find a photo of interviewer Luo Zhengyu.

Sage advice graphic from ChinaSuccessStories.com

The blogroll is a hand-selected list of other blogs that I think will be of interest to the people who visit my blog.

I added a new link yesterday for a blogroll called “Learning Chinese & Living in China.”  The blogger, Mr. Phil Kongtcheu, is a new contact on LinkedIn as a member of the LinkedIn group, Friends of China.

Phil Kongtcheu

Phil Kongtcheu

Mr. Kongtcheu’s profile presents a most fascinating and learned person, studying at several universities, including Tsinghua University Language & Culture School (Beijing, China),

Tsinghua University Library, Beijing, China

Tsinghua University Library, Beijing, China

I am an inventor and entrepreneur with special focus on derivatives pricing, hedging, trading and risk management; I have developed the concept of BICs (Basis Instruments Contracts*) to facilitate the resolution of critical issues arising therein, with substantial consequences in mathematics, economics, engineering and wider philosophical issues. I am fluent in English, French, Chinese and the Ghomala and Pidgin languages of Cameroon; I have basic communication skills in Spanish, Italian and German.

His blog is substantive and beautifully done.

Editor’s note: I have also been to the Tsinghua University campus in Beijing, China. I was not there as a student, unfortunately; I was there as a visitor, and I bought several books in the university bookstore. I also bought a baseball cap with the university logo on it as a souvenir for my husband. He wears it often, and he has met many people in St. Louis from China, who recognize the logo. It has begun many enjoyable conversations!

*BICs links to his book on Amazon on these theories, especially of interest now, with the recent worldwide economic events



I add other blogs to it from time to time on topics of interest to my readers here. Those blogs also update their content. So don’t forget that in addition to what I hope is interesting content here for you, this site is also a gateway to other sites with related material. The blogroll is in the sidebar. Just click on any of the blogs with links you see (but please come back to mine again!!)

I would like to see comments posted if you visit. Let me know if there is some question I can answer for you!

You can answer a question for me: What’s on YOUR blogroll?

Image from Guy Burstein, who blogs for Microsoft

Chinese Corner

Chinese Corner

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Ninmende Meiguo pengyou,

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